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Washing machines programmes explained

What washing machine setting for towels?

Towels can be washed at 40 degrees but a hotter 60 degree wash will be more effective in killing germs. For whiter whites you may also want to add bleach to your wash.


What washing machine setting for baby clothes?

Many washing machines now include special programmes for baby clothes that wash laundry more gently or an extra rinse option that removes as much detergent as possible to protect delicate skin. But don’t worry if your machine doesn’t have a specific setting because you can wash baby clothes in a normal 30-40 degree wash cycle, just make sure you check the care label for guidance. You may also want to consider switching to a baby-friendly detergent, especially if your baby’s skin is particularly sensitive.

What washing machine setting for underwear?

To help kill germs and bacteria, cotton underwear is best washed in a normal 40-60 degree wash cycle. However, you should choose a delicates setting for items made of silk or with a lace trim. You may also want to consider washing bras and other delicate items in a pillowcase or mesh laundry bag to stop them getting tangled in the drum of your washer.


What washing machine setting for sheets?

While you can generally wash bed sheets at any temperature, a hotter wash will be more effective in killing germs, getting rid of bed bugs and reducing allergens. It is recommended that you wash bed sheets at least once a week and select the hottest water setting suggested on the care label.


What washing machine setting for trainers?

You can easily freshen up dirty looking trainers by giving them a quick wash in your washing machine. You should select a cold wash cycle and no spin. Laces should be removed to stop them tangling in the drum and placed along with your trainers into a pillowcase or laundry bag. Add your usual detergent and a few towels to the wash to help stop the trainers hitting the washing machine door during the cycle. Once washed, trainers should be left to air dry.


What washing machine setting for shoes?

Before washing your shoes in a washing machine you should check your footwear’s care instruction label. Shoes made from leather, suede or delicate materials can’t be machine washed. However, you may be able to cold wash plastic, cotton and polyester shoes. You should remove laces to stop them tangling in the drum and place them along with your shoes into a pillowcase or laundry bag. Add your usual detergent and a few towels to the wash to reduce the noise. Once washed, shoes should be left to air dry.


What washing machines temperature kills bacteria?

To effectively kill germs and bacteria you’ll want to choose a hot wash setting of 60 degrees and above. However, you should always check your clothes care label to make sure they can be washed at a high temperature.


Will washing machines kill fleas?

Washing bedding and cotton clothes on a very hot wash cycle can help kill dog and cat fleas. Ideally, you’ll want to wash your laundry at 90 degrees or choose a hot setting in the tumble dryer.


Will washing machines kill bed bugs?

Heat is the key to killing bed bugs so, if your clothing care label allows, you should choose a hot wash cycle when washing bedding and also dry sheets on a hot setting in the tumble dryer.

Will washing machines remove blood?

While the haemoglobin in your blood clots to help a wound heal, it also quickly sticks to clothes making it difficult to remove. The trick to removing dried blood stains is cold water. While hot water will make the staining worse, cold water will help loosen it. Choose a cold rinse setting on your washing machine and consider rubbing some of your normal laundry detergent around the edges of a particularly tough stain to help lift it. Only wash with hot water once the blood stain has been fully removed.

Will washing machines remove red wine stains?

The best way to remove red wine from your clothes is to let the stained item soak in a solution of warm water and laundry detergent for about an hour before putting it in the washing machine on a normal wash cycle.

Can washing machines shrink clothes?

Washing your clothes at too hot a temperature, using the wrong wash cycle or using a tumble dryer can lead to clothes shrinking. To help reduce the risk, you should always take time to read and follow the care label instructions on your clothes. You may want to consider washing laundry in cold water, choose a delicates setting on your washing machine and air drying instead of using a tumble dryer.

Can washing machines damage clothes?

Even on gentle settings, washing machines can rip and snag your clothes. Some Miele washers have Softsteam Honeycomb drums that cushion your laundry as it turns to help prevent pilling and laddering, while many Beko washers have Aqua Wave drum technology, which help to prevent snagging. To reduce the risk of damage, you should avoid overloading your washer and follow the care label instructions on each item of clothing. It is also wise to remove any loose straps or belts so they can’t get caught in the drum while your washer is spinning. Clothes with zips, hooks and velcro can scratch and damage the washing machine drum so you may want to place these items into a mesh laundry bag when washing.

 

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